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Romantic Ambiance

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    • Dining Aboard
Eileen Wahlburg, Tarpon Coast Grady-White Club member, uses Glade flameless candles powered by two A batteries. These “candles” are nice on the dining table, are safe to use aboard, and go out automatically.

Keep Cabins Clean: Floor Mats

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    • Maintenance
Depending on your model, there is likely a rubber-backed bathmat that will fit in front of your cabin door. This helps avoid tracking water…

Anchoring Basics for Fun on the Water

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    • Boat Handling & Seamanship
Situational awareness and understanding the effects of current, tide, wind, and boat traffic are keys to anchoring safely and successfully. Watch this video for more tips. ...

Skipper's Shrimp & Artichoke Dip

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    • Dining Aboard
Cannons Crew, Tampa Bay & Tarpon Coast Owners’ Clubs gathered at Palm Island, FL. A docktails appetizer from Ann Byrum: Skipper's Shrimp & Artichoke Dip! Click on the image below to view and print this recipe. ...

Made in the Shade

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You can depend on Floridians to be wise in ways to create shade for sun protection aboard their Gradys. Cher and Dan Clark…

Winterizing Tips

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Thanks to BoatU.S. for this general winterizing checklist: Outboards Fill installed fuel tanks and add stabilizer Flush engine with fresh water and applicable hose adapter Stor...

Keeping Your Brightwork Looking Good

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    • Maintenance
Aluminum Wash with mild soap and water (ex. Ivory liquid) after each use and every 2-3 weeks that the boat is left outside in a marine environment. Do not use harsh or abrasive cleaning products as they can remove the anodized coating which will cause pitting.

Winterizing Your Boat Systems

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If you live where the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit then it is important to winterize all of your boat systems.

Trailer Maintenance Tips: Bearings, Tires and Spare Parts

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    • Trailering
The wheel bearings are the most important maintenance item on your trailer. Every time you launch your boat, the trailer axles and wheel bearings are submersed in water at least twice. Trailer bearings get warm…

Vinegar Kills Mold

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Mold is a living organism that can form in dark wet areas. For many years the standard method of killing mold has been with bleach diluted with water. This method works well on most hard surfaces but is not…

Quick Reference Trailering Checklist

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Before Trailering Properly attach the hitch, safety chains and emergency brake system cable securely to the vehicle. Retract and or swing the tongue jack up and secure it. Plug the trail...

Propellers

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    • Boat Handling & Seamanship
    • Maintenance
Props will get nicked and dinged from normal use and should be inspected regularly to avoid vibration, noise, and lesser fuel economy and performance.

Catch and Release Flags

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    • Enjoying Your Day, Comfortably
    • Fishing
Grady-White photographs often show our boats with fish flags flown upside down. Flying an upside down species flag means a particular kind of fish has been…

Soffit Vents and Toe Rails

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    • Enjoying Your Day, Comfortably
Gulfstream 232 owner Bob Fesko suggests a clever way to gain even more storage on your Grady…

Rub Rails

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    • Maintenance
For my Marlin 300, I use the Mcguiers Tire Dressing (from Walmart) for my rub rails. Clean rub rail with mild soap, let dry, then spray (be careful not to get on deck floor as it will make it slippery) a clean rag with tire dressing and wipe over rub rail until it shines. Y...

A Great Wax to Use

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    • Maintenance
An easy way to keep a light wax on your boat is Eagle One Wax as U Dry product used after you wash your boat. I use this from bow to engines.

Fleet Traveling Safety

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    • Boat Handling & Seamanship
When traveling as a fleet in line make sure the first mate has an orange towel available to wave when boat slows or stops this alerts the boat behind you etc.

Storm Preparedness

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    • Boat Handling & Seamanship
When storms of summer and fall are in the forecast, consider these tips from BoatsUS on preparing and protecting your boat. Click on the images below to download these tips as printable PDFs. ...

Non Slip Deck

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    • Enjoying Your Day, Comfortably
I have found that Nuteak works well for a beautiful non slip deck. It's stain resistant and holds a 20 year guarantee.

Keep Your Cabin Dry & Mildew Free

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    • Maintenance
In humid areas like South Florida, keeping your cabin dry and mildew free when not using your boat is very important.